Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Back Spinning the Discos
Ministry of Islamic Affairs says there are discos operating in the capital Male. The Ministry says they operate during weekends but didn’t say where. Minister Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari has revealed that he plans to hold discussions with law enforcement agencies to stop them, according to Voice of Maldives (VOM).
There are different ways of shaping behavior. One is behavior change communication (BCC). Another is force or the threat of force. Since according to the VOM report the minister is consulting law enforcement agencies and not NGOs and the media, it appears that he has chosen the latter option.
Using force against social practices could be like back spinning –a technique used by DJs to make a vinyl disc momentarily spin backwards through applying force. The back spin is only momentary because the underlying turntable platter keeps rotating in the original direction and would take the disc forwards the moment the DJ releases his fingers.